Sheila Ritchie is a Training Group Analyst, Supervisor and Teacher on the Institute for Group Analysis Course in London. She also supervises on the “Using the Group as a Medium for Supervision” course in London. She works in the National Health Service as a Consultant Group Analyst in a psychotherapy department and as a Perinatal Psychotherapist where she applies group analysis in working with mothers and babies in groups. First trained as an individual psychoanalytic psychotherapist she has had extensive experience of supervision both individually and in groups as part of different courses and teams in a range of voluntary and statutory organisations. Sheila also has a private practice where she sees individuals, couples and groups. She came to St Petersburg to teach on the Diploma course in St Petersburg and as a student some decades ago. She was co-convenor with Bob Harris for the first “Using the Group as the Medium of Supervision” course held in St Petersburg 2014-5 and with Peter Wilson on the Moscow supervision training in 2016-17.
Valentina Krajnovic is a senior group analyst, teacher and Training Supervisor of the IGA London Qualifying Course and is Course Convenor of the Foundation Course, which attracts a broad range of students from different cultures who are interested in group analysis: Valentina supervises the experiential group conductors, conducts the large group and is responsible for organising the programme. She initiated a new policy of inviting teachers from abroad on the course - Valya Okonova from Novosibirsk spoke about the impact of racism in 2016.
Valentina initially trained as a clinical psychologist in Belgrade, Serbia. Since 1992, she has worked therapeutically and in a supervisory and mentoring role with both individuals and groups, in organisational settings and in private practice. She has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire and has also supervised work with trauma within the National Health Service, Freedom from Torture and New Art Studio in London. She supervises people using group analytic, systemic and psychoanalytic reflections, as well as art promoting dialogue to repair the damage done within the individual microcosms as well as the macrocosm of a wider society and different cultures.
Valentina is writing a chapter on transitions, trauma, identity and belonging called: Not in the Air and Not on Earth: On negotiating the states in-between, which is due to be published next year in Chris Rose (Ed.) Walking together: Psychogeography and Psychotherapy, PCCS books.